Wrocław, Poland
3 - 7 May 2014

General Information

Information about Wrocław & Poland

Banking

Banks are usually open from 10:00 to 17:00 or 18:00 on weekdays and until 14:00 on Saturday. On Sunday they are closed. There are numerous cash machines throughout the city and plentiful bureaux de change that are open during weekends, for example Currency Express at Wrocław Airport.

http://www.kantor.wroc.pl/

http://www.kantordukat.pl/

http://kantorplex.pl/

In Wrocław major credit cards are widely accepted at hotels, shops, cafes and restaurants. It is a good idea always to ask beforehand. Some places might charge a fee when accepting foreign credit cards as payment. Be sure to bring your PIN code and a picture ID when using a credit card in Wrocław.

Currency

The unit of currency in Poland is the Polski Zloty (PLN). Most banks have ATM machines. All major credit cards (such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express) are accepted in most of the restaurants, shops etc. There are many opportunities to exchange currency in Wrocław and the places to obtain the best rates are the banks. There are also foreign exchange outlets in the airports, train, bus stations, and even in hotels and restaurants, although the rates are usually not as favourable. Although hotels and travel agencies may offer bureau de change services, using an ATM to obtain cash provides one of the best rates of exchange.

Climate

The climate in Poland is variable, situated between continental and oceanic climate, with high temperatures and sunny days in the summer and colder, damper weather in the winter.

Dining Out

There are many restaurants throughout the city of Wrocław offering an excellent choice of cuisine. It is worth trying Polish meals, for instance, “pierogi, “golabki” or “bigos”. If you want to try typical polish food, you can choose from many restaurant around city, to choose the one that suits your needs the most, please visit some of the links below:

http://www.wroclaw-life.com/eat/restaurants.php

http://www.inyourpocket.com/poland/wroclaw/restaurants

Dress Code

The dress code for the congress is smart-casual.

Electricity

Poland, like most other European countries, has 220-volt AC, 50Hz current and uses two-pin continental plugs. If you visit from the UK and Ireland, you will need an adaptor for electric appliances, whereas North Americans need a transformer in order to use their 110/125V appliances.

Emergency phone numbers

In case of an emergency while you are in Wrocław, always dial 112. It is a free call which will connect you to the police, fire brigade or hospital. If you need a chemist or dentist, there are a few which are open 24 hours.

Police, fire brigade and ambulance

In an emergency, dial 112 to contact the police, call for an ambulance or the fire-fighting service. Speak slowly and distinctly, state your telephone number and address. Emergency calls from public pay phones are free.

From stationary phone:

Ambulance: 999
Fire brigade: 998
Police: 997

Wrocław City Guide

Wrocław City Guide is a mobile app, which shows you main information about the city. The app is for free and can be downloaded via App store and Google Play.

24-hour pharmacy

There is no shortage of pharmacies in Wrocław; just look for the green cross. The polish word for chemist: apteka. Not every pharmacy is open 24h. Below, there is a list of them:

Apteka 24/7 DGA11
ul. Świeradowska 51/57
tel. (71) 336-87-13
fax (71) 336-19-20

Other Pharmacies:

Apteka
gen. Pułaskiego 49a
tel. (71) 789-91-38

Apteka
pl. Kościuszki 17/18
tel. (71) 343 76 31

Apteka
ul. Wita Stwosza 3
tel. (71) 343-64-73

Apteka
ul. Sienkiewicza 54/56
tel. (71) 322-73-15

Apteka
pl. 1 Maja 7a
tel. (71) 343-67-24
fax. (71) 342-67-19

Apteka
ul. Krucza 24 (przy Pl. Hirszfelda)
tel. (71) 338-12-42

Apteka
ul. Św. Wincentego 39-41
tel. (71) 322-39-35

Doctors on call

You can order a visit 24h per week and on weekend on ALMED.

Ul. Zielińskiego 88, Wrocław
Call: 713384838 or 713330002

This is a private visit, so it can cost about 100PLN or more.

Hospital Emergency Wards

The following central hospitals have 24-hour emergency wards:

Wojewódzki Szpital Specjalistyuczny we Wrocławiu
Ul. Kamieńskiego 73A
071-32-70-319

Wojewódzki Szpital Specjalistyczny im. J. Gromkowskiego
ul. Koszarowa 5
071-3261325

Dolnośląski Szpital Specjalistyczny im. T. Marciniaka - Centrum Medycyny Ratunkowej
ul. Traugutta 116
071-3437601

Dentist - emergency only

http://en.clinident.pl/Emergency/Stomatological/

Fast Facts

  • Country: Poland
  • Population: Poland: 38 501 000, Wrocław:  631 235
  • Official Language: Polish
  • Currency: Polski Zloty (PLN)
  • Time zone: GMT + 1 hour
  • Country dialling code: +48
  • Telephone area code: Wrocław (071)

Information about Poland

For further information about Poland please visit www.poland.pl

Information about Wrocław

For further information about Wrocław please visit www.poland.pl and choose Wrocław or direct http://www.wroclaw.pl/

Public Transport

Wrocław's public transport system is easy to use and fairly extensive, with 120 bus lines and 23 tram lines. You'll rarely need trams or buses to get around the Old Town, but many affordable hotels and some sights are located outside the centre. Major hubs for trams and buses include the main train station, Pl. Dominikański, and Pl. Jana Pawła II. Buses and trams run roughly from 04:00 to 00:00, with irregular night buses running after that. You can buy tickets from any kiosk marked "Ruch" and most marked "Prasa". Most transport stops, and all trams and buses now also have automatic ticket machines, however those on trams and buses only accept payment cards, while those at stops accept cash.

A single fare ticket is 3zł, though note that night buses cost 3.20zł. 48-hr (20/10zł) and 72-hr (26/13zł) tickets good for all public transport in and around the city are also available and might be clever if you plan on riding more than twice a day. ISIC or other non-Polish student ID is valid for a significant student discount, but you must carry your ID.

Most importantly, remember that tickets are not valid until you stamp them once inside the tram or bus. If you're caught without a properly punched ticket, you'll owe the city of Wrocław 120zł, or 150zł if they don't get the money within seven days, plus the price of the original ticket.

Schedules posted at each stop tend to be right on the money. 'W dni robocze' means Monday through Friday and 'w dni wolne' means Saturday and Sunday.

Remember to validate your single tickets or time-tickets just after getting on a tram/bus! (time-tickets need to be validated only once, not on every ride)

OTHER

There are also islands and canals in the center of Wrocław so from spring to fall you can travel around using ferries and boats. There is for example a ferry which takes people from the city center to the Zoo. You can also hire a canoe or a motorboat to travel on your own. Small boats are available for rent in a tiny marina next to the National Museum building (Muzeum Narodowe).

WROCLAW TOURIST CARD - OPEN WROCLAW

OpenWrocław allows tourists and Wrocław citizens to combine traveling around the city with cultural attractions. The three basic functions are: (1) public transport period pass (24 h, 48 h, 72 h) (2) discount card for restaurants, hotels, bars etc. (3) package of free admissions to cultural institutions and leisure and entertainment facilities. You will find all the details on the official website:

http://openwroclaw.plnwww.openwroclaw.pl/OpenWroclaw.aspx

Shopping in Wrocław

Shopping Malls:
Monday – Saturday: 10:00 – 21:00
Sunday: 10:00- 20.00

Small supermarkets, kiosks, bakeries etc.
Monday- Friday: 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday: 10:00- 14:00
Sunday: closed

Some shops are open 24hrs.

Telephone System
The country code for Poland is 00 48

Time

Wrocław is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Tipping

Tipping in Wrocław is quite discretionary, with taxi drivers usually being given a small gratuity. Restaurants do not include service charges, so a small tip can be expected. Expect to tip hotel staff, including luggage porters a small amount for services provided. Generally, no other public service workers in Wrocław expect tips. You should always pay tips in cash, as in this way you can be sure that the person it is intended for receives it fully.

Tourism

Travel and visas

All participants must have a valid ID or passport in order to enter Poland. Citizens of some countries may need to obtain a visa before arrival. For further information please contact the nearest Polish Embassy or Consulate to check visa regulations. Delegates must, of course, meet the normal requirements, i.e. they must possess valid travel documents and sufficient means of support. Delegates requiring a visa for entry to Poland are strongly advised to make their application in their home countries at least three months before the intended date of travel. Visa application procedures are easier when the acknowledgement of registration is included. Refunds cannot be made when visa applications are not granted.

The Congress Secretariat is able to issue you with an official letter of invitation for the congress. Please note that such a letter can only be issued if you are registered for the congress and your registration fee has been fully paid.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Congress Secretariat if you have any questions regarding visa application procedures.

Please note that for some countries, visa application procedures can take up to two months.

Information about the Congress

Congress language

The official language of the congress will be English and no simultaneous translation will be provided.

CME Accreditation

CME will be available for delegates attending the congress.

Exhibition

Delegates will have the opportunity to meet representatives from a number of pharmaceutical, diagnostic and equipment and publishing companies at their exhibition stand during scheduled breaks to discuss new developments and receive up-to-date product information.

Insurance

The congress registration fee does not include the insurance of participants against personal accident, sickness, and cancellations by any party or theft, loss or damage to personal possessions. All participants are strongly advised to make adequate personal insurance arrangements to cover travel, accommodation, cancellation of services and personal effects before travelling to the congress.

Internet

Limited internet facilities will be available throughout the congress at the Centennial Hall  for registered participants.

Italian Pharmaceutical companies and secretariat

All applications from Italian pharmaceutical companies (to be processed through the Italian Health Ministry) should be addressed to the ECE appointed agency.

Alijet & Fargo International S.r.l is appointed to be the referent between the Italian Pharmaceutical Companies and the Italian Health Ministry as to the collection and submission of the legal documentation required by the Italian Legislative Order n.541 of 30 December 1992, ART.12, Para 3. Contact: Alijet & Fargo International S.r.l – Via Petro Marconcelli 44/46/48 – 50137 Firenze – Email: fsarkisian@alifargoint.it

Meals

The registration fee includes coffee breaks and lunches will be provided throughout the congress. Please note that lunch will only provided on Sunday, Monday & Tuesday.

Prayer Room

A prayer room will be available during the congress. Please ask at reception for details.

Programme changes

The organisers cannot assume liability for any changes in the programme due to external or unforeseen circumstances.

On-site registration

On-site registration will be available in Wrocław. Congress documents and bags cannot always be guaranteed for those participants registering on-site.

Smoking policy

For the comfort and health of all participants, smoking is not permitted at any official function during the Congress. This includes scientific sessions, business and similar meetings, evening and at social events.